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The Case for Central Contracting Grows.

The Case for Central Contracting Grows. The news that six Springbok squad members have signed contract extensions with the Lions has been widely welcomed by fans of South Africa’s top performing franchise. On Tuesday, the Lions confirmed that No 8 Warren Whiteley,...

Going Down The Drain

Going Down The Drain Sanzaar Slowly Strangling Southern Hemisphere Rugby To Death.   Super Rugby is dying! Anybody watching the Super Rugby Quarterfinals must have noticed the empty seats in all four stadiums hosting the games. A paltry 8500 spectators pitched up to watch...

TMO’s To Be Put Back In Their Boxes!

TMO’s To Be Put Back In Their Boxes! In a move that will be welcomed by every single rugby fan on the planet, Television Match Officials may be stripped of their rights to interject (read: Interfere) during rugby matches. This...

SANZAAR To Review The TMO!!!

  SANZAAR To Review The TMO!!! I very much doubt whether any of SANZAAR’s suits have read any of my frequent complaints about their officials and match officiating faux pas and match-influencing blunders. They are far too busy and important to...

Eating at Sanzaar’s

  Eating at Sanzaar’s There is a story doing the rounds. It is about Chef, who owned and ran a restaurant in a big city. It was a good restaurant, an upper-class fine-dining place, focussed on classic French cooking. A restaurant that...

Make Your Own Biltong!

Make Your Own Biltong!  Rugby without biltong is not much fun, especially if you are a South African ex-pat living somewhere far away where nobody has heard of the stuff of your dreams. In fact: Life without biltong is simply wrong! If...

Seattle Seawolves Major League Rugby Champions

Seattle Seawolves Major League Rugby Champions The US professional competition staged its very first final in San Diego on Saturday, and the Seattle Seawolves won the game, and the title, beating the Glendale Raptors 23 – 19. Seattle, which lost...

What is Wrong in Australia?

What is Wrong in Australia? A series loss to England in 2016, followed by losses to Ireland and England again at the end of that year. Losing to Scotland twice and England once again in 2017. A series loss to...

Conrad does a Ronan. Conrad Smith Starts Coaching Job.

Conrad does a Ronan. Conrad Smith takes a coaching job. I am always interested in retired players that decide to put something back into the game. They stay in the world of rugby by continuing their involvement as coaches, managers, referees and...

England’s South African Woes

England’s South African Woes As we head into the third Test between the Springboks and the visiting England team, we already know that the series has been won by South Africa, which gives the home side an opportunity to relax...

It is still broken!

It is still broken! An Article by Mark Reason in New Zealand’s Stuff makes interesting reading. Those that read my article titled “It’s Broken” posted on the 30th May, in which I commented about the dysfunctionality of the Sanzaar Judicial system,...

Springboks vs England – Series Preview

Springboks vs England Series Preview   The sideshows are over; Super Rugby has hit the pause button; the utter waste of time in Washington DC is consigned to history in a file marked “Why?” and the real work of the month of...

It’s Broken!!

It's Broken!! Sanzaar’s Judicial Review System Is Broken!   Sanzaar’s Judicial Review system comes under the spotlight again. Their most recent forays into dispensing “justice” has again raised the hackles of rugby enthusiasts across the world. Wildly disparate sentences, strange decisions regarding a...

It’s Broken! Fix It!

It’s Broken! Fix It! When you see a storm brewing outside, when those heavy bellied purple clouds are stacking up, and the lightning is flashing continuously as the thunder gets louder and louder, closer and closer, you would be a...

Eddie’s Squad

Eddie’s Squad Eddie Jones has ignored the advices of the likes of Clive Woodward and Martin Johnson and gone ahead with the inclusion of Brad Shields in his 34-man squad to tour South Africa in June. Jones has included seven uncapped...

Eddie’s Conundrum, the World Aghast!

Eddie’s Conundrum, the World Aghast! Or: The Eddie & Brad Show!   Eddie Jones was hired to coach England to World Cup glory. Period. Anything else Eddie achieves is bye-the-bye – collateral success or collateral damage. It really does not matter, as long...

Quo Vadis, Stormers?

Quo Vadis, Stormers? Coaching Blues…. As the middle of the Super Rugby season passes us, and the final stretches of the competition loom, another season kicks off. It is the season of speculation. Speculation about coaches and their coaching futures. When results are poor,...

The Pick-a-Boks Show!

The Pick-a-Boks Show! It is that time of the year again! Winter is upon us, sneaking in through the wide open windows and doors of summer, tickling the base of your spine with tendrils of iciness that we all hoped would...

A Giant Awakening?

A Giant Awakening?   After the Pearl Harbour attack on 7th December 1941, Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto is frequently quoted as having said: “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.” There...

Cheating to Win

  Cheating to Win   The recent furore surrounding the Australian cricket team and their somewhat clumsy, amateurish even, attempts to cheat on the field pf play has occupied my mind during recent days. The rancour that has greeted the downfall of Australian...

Derby Dangers!

Derby Dangers!   The 18-team Super Rugby format of 2016 and 2017 was doomed from the very first. Too many teams, too many fixtures, too much travel, too many mediocre teams, and simply too much rugby. Spectators, fans, and even idle...

Israel’s Follies

  Israel’s Follies I wonder how Israel Folau will respond when Nigel Owens is appointed to referee a Test featuring Izzy in the colours of the Wallabies? I wonder what Michael Cheika will say if Owens is forced by on-field circumstance...
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Judicial Jokers

Judicial Jokers I have previously been strongly critical of Sanzaar’s judicial processes and the leniency of sanctions applied to those who transgress the rules and laws of the game of rugby. I have written about the issue on numerous occasions...

Schadenfreude

Schadenfreude   (Schadenfreude: the experience of pleasure, joy, or self-satisfaction that comes from learning of or witnessing the troubles, failures, or humiliation of another.) The sports loving world is indulging in an orgy of Schadenfreude at the moment. The Australian cricket team have...

Rugby in the Age of Technology.

Rugby in the Tech Age.   Once upon a time, in a land far far away, there was a game. A sport, and they called it rugby. Rugby was a simple game, played on green fields and open spaces, hard baked...

RUGBY LAW CHANGES: SEASON 2017/8

RUGBY LAW CHANGES: SEASON 2017/8 (With thanks to Sam and his fellow bloggers at RugbyStore.co.uk) Here is a link y'all might like to try: Some friends from up north have gone to an enormous amount of trouble to analyse and explain the...

Where Is Average Joe?

  Where is Average Joe? Thoughts About The Game Where have all the flowers gone? Long time passing Where have all the flowers gone Long time ago Where have all the flowers gone Girls have picked them every one When will they every learn? When will they every learn? Pete...

The Sunwolves. An Exercise in Futility?

The Sunwolves. An Exercise in Futility? What exactly are SANZAAR trying to achieve with the Sunwolves? We were told that SANZAAR wanted to promote and support the development of rugby in Japan. We were told that they wanted to gain a foothold...

Err, Just a couple of questions, Rassie…

Err, Just a couple of questions, Rassie… An open letter to Rassie Erasmus. Hi Rassie, Congratulations! There are many of us that are very pleased with your appointment as Director of Rugby at SA Rugby, and as successor to Allister Coetzee as...

The Not-So-Secret Secret is Out!

The Not-So-Secret Secret is Out! Rassie Erasmus is the new Bok coach. Johan (Rassie) Erasmus was born in the town of Despatch, an industrial town neighbouring Port Elizabeth, some 45 years ago. He is one of many sporting greats to...

Uncontested Scrums: The Law Clarified

  Uncontested Scrums: The Law Clarified The 2018 version of the Rugby Law Book might have been edited and simplified but. In truth, those simplifications are merely cosmetic and/or grammatical. The Laws might be easier to read, but that does not...

How Low Can You Go?

How Low Can You Go? Last Saturday I watched rugby ethics sink to a new low. France’s replacement scrumhalf, Antoine Dupont, went down with what appeared to be a knee injury. He, without any assistance from anyone, started pointing at his...

Open Forum 23/1/2018 (UPDATE) – Have your say Here

Hello! Look over to your right under your login options you'll see our newly added forum index (We're calling it 'The Clubhouse') There you find 'The Scrum' where you can open any topics and comment on other's. Subject to...

2018 Rugby Championships – South Africa vs Argentina – Saturday 18th August 2018

2018 Rugby Championships South Africa vs Argentina Saturday 18th August 2018 Venue: Kings Park, Durban Kick-off: 17:05 local, 16:05 BST, 15:05 GMT Referee: Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand) Assistant referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), Andrew Brace (Ireland) TMO: Simon McDowell (Ireland) Weather Prediction: Argentina arrive in Durban full of hope that the turn-around in Jaguares...

2018 Rugby Championships & Bledisloe Cup 1st Leg. Australia vs New Zealand –...

2018 Rugby Championships & Bledisloe Cup 1st Leg. Australia vs New Zealand Saturday 18th August 2018 Venue: ANZ Stadium, Sydney Kick-off: 19:45 Local; 09:45 GMT; 11h45 SA Time Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa) Assistant referees: Wayne Barnes (England), Luke Pearce (England) TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa) Weather Prediction: Few rugby Tests attract as much...

Danny In the News, Again……

Danny In the News, Again…… Danny Cipriani arrested for nightclub assault Danny Cipriani is his own worst enemy. The multi-talented England international is blessed with sublime skills and wonderful rugby instincts, yet he has never quite lived up to the promise he...

Who is Poaching?

Who is Poaching? New Zealand is often accused of poaching players from the Pacific Islands to add muscle to their rugby teams. There is, of course, some truth to this rumour, but it is not quite as massive a poaching...

Rugby Championship Preview:  South Africa

Rugby Championship Preview:  South Africa South Africa have had a horrendous time since the 2015 Rugby World Cup. The decision by the 2015 coach, Heyneke Meyer, to recall as many old soldiers, and even some retired veterans, as possible whilst...

Rugby Championship Preview: New Zealand.

Rugby Championship Preview: New Zealand. Steve Hansen might be suggesting that the Wallabies are the favourites to win the Bledisloe and Rugby Championship trophies, but that simply is not true. The All Blacks remain the Number 1 team in world rugby,...

Rugby Championship Preview: Australia

Rugby Championship Preview: Australia   There is an awful lot of hype about the 2018 Wallabies coming out of Australia, together with Steve Hansen’s contribution, suggesting that the Wallabies are, in his view, favourites to win both the Bledisloe trophy as well...

Rugby Championship Preview: Argentina.

Rugby Championship Preview: Argentina. The Rugby Championships have not been a happy hunting ground for the Argentinean Pumas. In the six years of their participation, they have consistently finished in fourth position, struggling in their first two years, 2012 and 2013,...

World Rugby Hall Of Fame

World Rugby Hall Of Fame World Rugby has announced that five legends of the game in Liza Burgess (Wales), Stephen Larkham (Australia), Ronan O’Gara (Ireland), Pierre Villepreux (France) and Bryan Williams (New Zealand) will be inducted into the World Rugby...

Gonzolo Quesada To Coach Jaguares

Gonzolo Quesada To Coach Jaguares The Jaguares have confirmed the appointment of Gonzalo Quesada as their new head coach. Quesada takes over from Mario Ledesma, who left to replace Daniel Hourcade as Argentinean national coach last week. Capped 38 times by the...

Michael Hooper pens new deal with Rugby Australia

Michael Hooper pens new deal with Rugby Australia A While back I wrote of the strange spending habits of Australian Rugby. I mentioned their penchant for pouring money over the top three or four players in the country while spending...

The Player Drain – Lions Lose Another…….

The Player Drain - Lions Lose Another....... Bath have announced the signing of loosehead prop Jacques van Rooyen from the Lions, who will join them immediately now that the Super Rugby season is over.  The South African has played over 60 times for...

Club vs Country

Club vs Country The ugly face of professional rugby rears its head again. The tug-o'-war between the professional clubs and national teams has stepped up a gear as Leicester Tigers have announced that they will force members of the Wallaby squad, Tatafu...

Pumas Name Their RC Squad

Pumas Name Their RC Squad New Argentina coach Mario Ledesma has named an extended squad that includes six uncapped players ahead of their Rugby Championship campaign. Ledesma, who has taken over from Daniel Hourcade, has selected new faces Marco Ciccioli, Diego...

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